Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Castle Rock CO

T’ai chi, as a meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi.

Stephen Vaughn Eppler
(303) 762-6300
9570 S Kingston Ct #220
Englewood, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Stephen Vaughan Eppler, MD
(303) 762-6300
9570 S Kingston Ct Ste 220
Englewood, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1980

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James Woodruff Emlen, MD
5469 S Jasmine St
Greenwood Village, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1972

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Stuart S Kassan, MD
(303) 892-6033
9940 E Progress Cir
Greenwood Village, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hosp Central, Denver, Co
Group Practice: Colorado Arthritis Associates

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Robert Thornham Spencer, MD
(303) 788-1312
701 E Hampden Ave Ste 410
Englewood, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1986

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Ndudi Okechukwu Oparaeche
(303) 762-6300
9570 S Kingston Ct #220
Englewood, CO
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Rheumatology

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Robert Cochrane Hays, MD
(303) 764-4480
6333 S Sicily Way
Aurora, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1974

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David Mc Connell Mills, MD
(303) 770-4182
5395 Autumn Dr
Greenwood Village, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1957

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Robert William Janson, MD
(303) 315-6665
4863 S Crystal St
Aurora, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1982

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James D Singleton
(303) 788-8355
601 E Hampden Ave
Englewood, CO
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Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

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By Cara McDonald

Lenore Pristash was determined to cope with the arthritis in her neck and spine—after all, the 66-year-old was a former aerobics instructor and lifelong golfer, and she was used to being in control of her body. But when her doctor recommended neck surgery to remove bone spurs, the first words out of her mouth were, “No way.” “I was afraid I would lose the ability to do the things I love,” she says.

The Conventional Rx: Pristash was taking glucosamine and chondroitin (joint supplements that aid in cartilage repair), as well as Celebrex, a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that irritated her stomach and increased her risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Alternative Rx: T’ai chi. This meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. Pristash started attending a weekly class with a t’ai chi instructor and supplemented with DVD workouts at home.“People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi,” says Pristash’s instructor, Theresa Lilla, who herself has arthritis in her neck and knees. “It helps you to calm and connect with yourself, and when you’re in pain, that’s important.”

The Outcome:
Before t’ai chi, Pristash could move her head only 40 degrees to the left; now she can turn it all the way to her shoulder. Her joints don’t crackle like they used to, and she stopped taking Celebrex. But a surprise benefit has been the mental effect: “T’ai chi enables you to settle your body into yourself and the earth; it sounds corny, but that’s what you do,” Pristash says. “T’ai chi has helped make this disease tolerable.” —Cara McDonald

Author: Cara McDonald

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